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Sunday Story…Food (again!)

If you come to me and want to talk about nutrition the first thing I am going to ask you to do is to give me a 3-5 day food log. I can’t give you any valid feedback on what you should be eating if I don’t know what you are eating. Anything I might say will be based on general guidelines designed to elicit a response in a large population.

So…if you want that general advice…eat meat and vegetables, starchy tubers in moderation, a little fruit, some seeds and nuts, healthy fats all in quantities that will support activity but not store fat. Avoid sugar, alcohol, and dairy. Don’t eat processed food. If you don’t know how it was produced don’t eat it. If you must eat out do it in an establishment that prepares food in a healthful manner using quality ingredients. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, not the inside aisles. Learn to cook and use Tupperware!

It’s been a while since I logged my food though, primarily because it’s kind of a pain in the neck. But I want to dial in my nutrition better to perform better so a couple weeks ago I started a food diary.

I started logging my food in My Fitness Pal. It’s on the computer and my phone. It has a way to add recipes I use at home and lots of restaurants have their menus posted on there. You can find me there under my name…Johnmariotti (no space). If you join me you can look at my diet and we can talk about it. And if you post your food I will look at it and make very specific suggestions. I know that when I log my food I often think twice before I eat something questionable.

We can also have our resident expert Whitney Reichlin start following you and she can help you as well.

80% of your results in the gym are found in the kitchen. If you aren’t eating right all your hard work under the weights and running your tail off will be akin to running uphill in a snowstorm…you might get to the top of the hill but it won’t be easy or fun!

Get on My Fitness Pal. It’s free. It’s pretty easy. And we can have a meaningful discussion about what you are eating based on facts and information…not the vague comment like “I eat pretty clean.” Really? Compared to whom? The guy in “Super Size Me”?

See you there!

John Mariotti
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